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In this classic interpretation of the 1930s rise of industrial unionism, Gary Gerstle challenges the popular historical notion that American workers' embrace of "Americanism" and other patriotic sentiments in the post-World War I years indicated their fundamental political conservatism. He argues that Americanism was a complex, even contradictory, language of nationalism that lent itself to a wide variety of ideological constructions in the years between World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Using the rich and textured material left behind by New England's most powerful textile union--the Independent Textile Union of Woonsocket, Rhode Island--Gerstle uncovers for the first time a more varied and more radical working-class discourse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691089119
ISBN-10: 0691089116
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 11-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland. College Park. He is the author of the forthcoming American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (see page 7 in this catalog).

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